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10 Greatest Movie Villains

Updated on September 19, 2009

The Face Of Evil

The Face Of Evil
The Face Of Evil

Evil In All Shapes And Sizes

 Recently, I was watching the movie "12 Rounds."  It was a horrible movie, but I enjoyed the "villain" of the story because he didn't look like your typical bad guy.  He was small and skinny... but, he was smart and cunning.  In my opinion, the best movie villains are the ones who you wouldn't expect to be a murderous villain in the first place.  The guy or gal who makes you think BEFORE he kills you... Now, THAT is a villain.  I did some thinking, and I came up with the following list of the greatest villains of all time.  This is completely an opinion piece.  I'm sure many will disagree.  If you would like to add anyone, please leave it in a comment.  It is quite possible that I overlooked a few.

10.  VIGGO THE CARPATHEAN - "Ghostbusters 2."  This guy is evil AND he's a painting.  Now, THAT is crazy.  He is even awesome enough to create a river of evil slime underneath New York City.  How exactly do you kill a painting from the 10th century?  Well, who ya gonna call?

09.  FREDDY KRUEGER - "Nightmare On Elm Street."  Freddy is the only horror movie character I added to my list.  I've always been deathly afraid of Freddy, but strangely intrigued as well.  He's an intelligent, evil, burnt, dead man.  He's smart enough to kill you... in your dreams...

08.  THE QUEEN - "Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs."  Snow White is the only Disney princess whose step-mother actually tried to KILL her.  That, my dearies, is pure evil.

07.  VINCENT VEGA AND JULES WINNEFIELD- "Pulp Fiction."  They may not be the smartest killers, but they are entertaining.  Mr. Winnefield also likes to quote the Bible at times before he kills you.  He'll even preach to you.  I must say, it will peek your interest.

06.  MR. SMITH - "The Matrix."  Oh, Mr. Smith, you're an intelligent, yet scary man.  In my opinion, Mr. Smith is the best part of "The Matrix" movies.  Just the way he says "Mr. Anderson" will send shivers down your spine.

05.  TYLER DURDEN - "Fight Club."  Arguably, one of the best movies of our time.  But, is Tyler Durden TRULY a villain?  What do YOU think?

04.  ALEX DELARGE - "A Clockwork Orange."  This guy is creepy.  He scares the sh!t out of me.  Period.  I can't watch the movie without being genuinely disturbed.

03.  JIGSAW - The "Saw" Movies.  Jigsaw is great at putting bad people in worse situations.  You almost are on Jigsaw's side... until you see the torturous adventures he puts people in.  Jigsaw is dying and his own way... to make these rotten people appreciate their lives more.  I think he could do this without all of the gore... but THAT would make a good movie, now would it?

02.  THE JOKER - "The Dark Knight."  The Joker doesn't care about friends, love, or even money.  HE cares about "sending a message."  A message of Chaos.  He's void of any emotions... except excessive anger and excessive humor.  It is known that "The Joker" is highly intellectual and chooses to use his brilliant insanity for the purpose of evil.

I know what you're thinking... I put THE JOKER at NUMBER 2?  WHO COULD BE NUMBER 1???

01.  HANS GRUBER - "Die Hard."  Suave, brilliant, and pure German evil.  There's no doubt in my mind that if it wasn't for that darn John McClane, he would have succeeded in his quest.  He looks like a normal man, he even has the ability to speak like a normal man, but he's not even close to normal.  But, as we all know, looks can be deceiving.  Hans has no heart, he only uses logic.  And he uses that logic to get his way, no matter what the cost.  EVEN if the cost is your life.

Thank you for reading!  And feel free to add to the list...


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    • Mamelody profile image


      8 years ago

      Nice hub hun but the greatest Villian of all time has to be Darth Vader although I love Heath Ledger as the joker, he was brilliant.

    • Mrvoodoo profile image


      9 years ago from ?

      Great list with some unexpected but deserving candidates.

      My vote for number one though goes to Nurse Ratched, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest.

    • ShannonBaich profile imageAUTHOR


      9 years ago from Where ever I go...there I am. But, mostly I'm in Delaware.

      I always thought Hugo Weaving (Mr. Smith) would have played an awesome "Joker."

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      Mark Penman 

      9 years ago

      I think you're forgetting Howard Payne, "Speed"! This guy is cunning, calculated, well thought-out, and has a twisted, but great sense of humor. A lady gets pulled under the wheels of the bus, and his reaction is: "Interactive TV, Jack; it's the wave of the future!!!" Before Jack Tavin (Keanu Reaves) found the camera on the bus, Payne knew everything that Jack was going to do, before he did it!

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      9 years ago

      Oh Hans.

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      9 years ago

      Surprise number one but I think you are right. Lots of thought went into this.

    • shamelabboush profile image


      9 years ago

      Very nice hub and you're right aout Mr. Smith. He is horriblr looking man!


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